WHAT TO WEAR: Date Night

Oh, first dates. The combination of excitement and nervousness can create a swarm of butterflies in any Fashionista’s stomach. Choosing an outfit can be a major source of stress when getting ready for a date. You don’t want to be over-dressed like you are trying too hard or under-dressed like you don’t care. The key to date-night dressing is to strike a balance of dressy and casual, all while staying comfortable, because comfort creates confidence. This week’s Fashionista chose an outfit perfect for a date.

The weather reached into the mid-70s yesterday, so everyone on campus was busting out their shorts and dresses to take advantage of this unseasonal heat wave. This Fashionista chose a dusty pink dress. Slip dresses are on-trend right now, and the color looked great against her skin tone. Plus, the lace detailing on the top was delicate and feminine. The dress would be the perfect fancy element for a date night. But then to add casualness, she threw on a cream, oversized cardigan with tassels along the bottom for a playful touch. A pair of Converse made the outfit approachable and perfect for an impromptu night stroll. For accessories, she went subtle with a couple of thin bracelets and a delicate necklace.

When going on a date, you want your personality to shine, so be sure to choose an outfit that fits your personal style, that makes you feel beautiful and that is comfortable. You don’t want to be fidgeting with your clothes all night. Like this Fashionista, choose a dress with a cardigan and sneakers, or go for some black skinny jeans and a nice blouse or a sweater. Use a combination of formal and casual elements for a non-intimidating look. But ultimately, wear something that you love. If your date doesn’t love it too, that’s his problem.

One Simple Change: The date went great, and a concert is going on in a nearby park! Add a faux leather jacket to your outfit to keep warm and to give off a rock ‘n’ roll vibe.